Shirley is an experienced planner and programmer who has worked with higher education institutions for over twenty years. Before founding her own practice—Dugdale Strategy, LLC—she led DEGW’s Learning Environments practice in North America since 1999. She focuses on space strategies to support new ways of learning, organizational transformation, and enrichment of campus-wide learning space. In addition to being an expert in planning learning centers and libraries, she also specializes in health sciences education, and has helped Johns Hopkins, Stanford, University of Virginia and others with curriculum change initiatives. .
Shirley presents frequently at SCUP and other organizations, and likes to seek out initiatives that will help influence a generation of buildings, such as the Learning Space Rating System that she has been developing with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.